Read John 20:1-18. HE IS RISEN! We have waited seven weeks to say that! HE IS RISEN INDEED. ALLELUIA! So here we are, at the end of The Journey. Here we are at the mouth of an empty tomb. Because of today we are free from sin, we are victorious over death, and the devil must run from our presence. He no longer has power over us. The Journey has taken us through several destinations, and with the reality of the coronavirus, through a couple of detours! But the goal has been achieved. By following Jesus we are a transformed people, a people whose faith has grown and who have experienced the joy and struggle of a life with Christ. What have you learned on The Journey ? As you come to the empty tomb, what impact has The Journey had on your life?
Read 1 Samuel 3:1-11. The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is often referred to as Silent Saturday. It is silent because it seems as if God is not speaking. It seems as if God is not doing anything. It seems as if God is dead. That may seem true from the physical eye, but to the spiritual eye, nothing could be farther from the truth. As the Lord called Samuel to be a mighty prophet of the Lord, so the Lord is calling you. He is speaking to you, even when all things seem to be silent. God is speaking to you, even when the world around us has come to a standstill. What the Lord said to Samuel He also says to you: “ See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle ” (vs. 11). What does that look like in your life? How might the empty tomb be realized as the power of God about to be released into your life?